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Immature Stages of Odonata


Detailed information on immature stages of Odonata is being acquired.  However, the nymphs, which are almost all aquatic, feed on a wide variety of animal life, including crustaceans, tadpoles, small fish and many water-inhabiting insects (Clausen 1940).  The eggs of most species are laid in incisions in stems of plants below the water surface, in ooze or rotting logs or they may be laid directly in water while the females are flying.  Metamorphosis is simple.  The nymphs, when mature, crawl out of the water onto rocks, plants, etc.


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